The What is your look around southwest Connecticut for the week of Monday, November 21.
What does the 2022 Save the Sound report card say about southwest Connecticut? We dove into the data.
A look at the 2022 Save the Sound Report on the water quality of the Long Island Sound.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut for the week of November 14.
The building at 98 South Main Street, also known as the South Norwalk Community Center, has a bit of an uncertain future after the city and YMCA terminated their agreement for the site.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut for the week of November 7.
Keep the Glenbrook Community as a community center and invest more in trees are resolutions the Stamford Board of Reps are considering.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut for the week of October 31.
A look at what will be on the ballot across southwest Connecticut for voters on Tuesday, November 8.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut for the week of October 24.
A new exhibit from Korry Fellow Sarah King, which captures everyday moments of motherhood through a variety of mediums, is on display at The Norwalk Art Space until December 8.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut for the week of October 17.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut for the week of October 10.
After Hurricanes Elsa and Ida impacted Darien, the town discussed lessons learned and efforts its taking to work on flooding-related issues.
Norwalk has declared a water emergency after receiving about 30 inches of rain compared to its usual 55 inches.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut for the week of October 3.
While many officials note that paving is important, they also know there's multiple challenges with doing it effectively, including funding and weather.
"Paving is a quality of life issue." That's how officials across southwest Connecticut described why the paving process is so important to their communities.
The Norwalk Common Council approved the retail sale of cannabis in the city, which could go into effect once zoning regulations for retailers are put into effect.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut for the week of September 26.
The Glenbrook Community Center has become the center of conversation in the city. There are plans to refurbish the building and build 50+ affordable units, but many want to see it saved as a community center.
On Sept. 21, we hosted our first happy hour with the Norwalk Bicycle Co-Op. We can't wait for the next one!
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut for the week of September 19.
Norwalk is hosting a town hall and public hearing this week related to recreational marijuana sales in the city.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut for the week of Monday, Sept. 12.
Two hospitals in southwest Connecticut—Norwalk and Greenwich Hospitals—are proposed upgrades and enhanced services at their facilities.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut for the week of September 6.
First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick provided an update on remediation efforts taking place across Fairfield and a recommendation for how to move forward at the Penfield Pavilion site.
The Stamford Board of Representatives could decide the future of the Glenbrook Community Center at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 6
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut for the week of August 28.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut for the week of August 22.
While Stamford decides what to do with the historic West Main Street Bridge, a new prefabricated pedestrian bridge will be installed just north of it.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut for the week of August 15.
About a month into the new fiscal year, Coastal Connecticut Times examined each city's and town's budget in southwest Connecticut to see where your tax dollars are going.
We examined each community's budget for 2022-23 in southwest Connecticut. Here is a breakdown of Fairfield's.
We examined each community's budget for 2022-23 in southwest Connecticut. Here is a breakdown of Westport's.
We examined each community's budget for 2022-23 in southwest Connecticut. Here is a breakdown of Norwalk's.
We examined each community's budget for 2022-23 in southwest Connecticut. Here is a breakdown of Darien's.
We examined each community's budget for 2022-23 in southwest Connecticut. Here is a breakdown of Stamford's.
We examined each community's budget for 2022-23 in southwest Connecticut. Here is a breakdown of Greenwich's.
The What is your look around Coastal Connecticut for the week of August 8.
Before you head to the polls on Tuesday, August 9, check out our overview of Primary Day in Connecticut.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut for the week of August 1.
Cities and towns across southwest Connecticut are weighing whether or not to opt out of a state law regulating accessory dwelling units.
All of the six communities in southwest Connecticut are either opting out or at least discussing opting out of a state law regulating accessory dwelling units. See what's happening in your community.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut for the week of July 25.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut for the week of July 18.
Because of the Long Island Sound’s importance to our region and to the state as a whole, we’re diving into a series of pieces on the Sound and its impact, relationship, and effect on our communities.
Across the Long Island Sound, local groups and organization are working to monitor the water quality to make sure it's safe for people and that its ecosystems are healthy.
The Planning and Zoning Commission will consider allowing the town to utilize the equestrian facilities on Great Island through a special permit application.
The Stamford Board of Representatives' Transportation Committee is meeting on Tuesday, July 19 at 7 p.m. to continue this discussion.
Norwalk plans mirror Stamford’s program that embedded a social worker and launched in May 2021.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut for the week of July 11.
Stamford's Board of Representatives passed a resolution asking the state to allow municipalities to use traffic automated safety cameras, particularly in school zones.
Infrastructure, the mental health crisis, and climate change were a few areas Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons highlighted in her State of the City address in July.
Three I-95 construction projects could impact several areas of our region including: Norwalk to Westport and Greenwich to Stamford.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut, from Greenwich to Fairfield, for the week of July 5.
The Board of Representatives will consider a resolution calling on the state to allow Stamford and other municipalities to use automated speed safety cameras.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut for the week of June 27.
Looking for fireworks in your community? We've got you covered.
The Stamford Zoning Board will also conduct a pre-application review of plans to resolve structural issues at the Lofts.
Darien's Representative Town Meeting will vote on the purchase of Great Island on Monday, June 27 at 8 p.m.
Two special Board of Selectmen meetings this week in Fairfield will take a look at recommendations to change the town charter.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut, from Greenwich to Fairfield, for the week of June 20.
Six flooding mitigation projects across Norwalk could help residents and business owners dealing with water-related challenges.
Darien's Board of Selectmen voted in favor of purchasing Great Island, the first vote needed to complete the transaction.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut for the week of June 13.
Darien officials shared their plans for the Great Island property with the public on June 9 and listened to thoughts and concerns from community members.
For years, city officials have talked about investing in the Wall Street section of Norwalk. Now with funding mostly secured, residents are being asked to weigh in on plans for the area.
Recently local, state, and federal officials in southwest Connecticut gathered in Norwalk to call for more investments in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut for the week of June 6.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut for the week of May 31.
Fairfield has a new affordable housing plan for the town, which aims to help the town diversify its housing stock and gain points toward affordable housing from the state.
The Stamford Board of Representatives voted to establish a $20 million school construction fund.
Norwalk's Land Use and Building Management Committee will be voting on an agreement to purchase the property at 1 Meadow Street Ext. for a new South Norwalk school.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut, from Greenwich to Fairfield, for the week of May 23.
We explore how the mental health crisis was impacting southwest Connecticut, how providers were addressing it, and what more needs to be done.
Providers offer advice and tips on how you can make a difference in your personal life and in your community.
From staffing crisis hotlines to launching new programs, local providers across the region are trying to provide resources for community members in need.
An increase in need, an increase in severity, and a lack of resources. Providers from southwest Connecticut shared how the mental health crisis is hitting the region.
Darien residents could have access to urgent mental health assessments, if the town decides to participate in a new pilot program with New Canaan.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut, from Greenwich to Fairfield, for the week of May 16.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut, from Greenwich to Fairfield, for the week of May 9.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut, from Greenwich to Fairfield, for the week of April 18.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut, from Greenwich to Fairfield, for the week of April 11.
The Stamford community asked its elected officials not to cut funding to the schools.
The redevelopment of Parker Harding Plaza, Jesup Green, and the Imperial Lot took a step forward this week, thanks to a Board of Finance approval of $400,000 in ARPA funds.
The Darien community has come together after the sudden death of a high school student.
The Land Use Committee of Norwalk's Common Council advanced a plan to build a new Norwalk High School.
Norwalk's BET tentatively approved a $414 million operating budget for 2022-23, while the capital budget is heading to the Common Council
The full Walk Bridge construction project is set to wrap up in 2029, with some pieces already completed and others running a bit behind schedule.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut for the week of April 4.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut for the week of March 28.
An efficiency study for the City of Norwalk and its public school district found about $30 million in savings—but also about $21 million in areas that needed investment.
Stamford Board of Reps members got an update on the school district's new facilities plan.
This week, the Board of Estimate and Taxation will be voting on plans to use $31.4 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds.
Infrastructure, mental health needs, and health-related items topped the list of projects funded through the American Rescue Plan Act.
Parents, teachers, and staff members asked the Board of Finance to fully fund the Board of Education budget. The current proposed budget from the town calls for a $7+ million increase for the school district, or about $2 million less than the schools asked for.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut, from Greenwich to Fairfield, for the week of March 21.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut—from Greenwich to Fairfield—for the week of March 14.
A resolution that will be considered by Greenwich's Representative Town Meeting on Monday, March 14, calls for changes to the state's affordable housing statute.
The Norwalk Board of Education is considering two options to build a new Norwalk High School at its meeting on Tuesday, March 15.
Fairfield's Affordable Housing Committee is unveiling a draft affordable housing plan this week.
Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons presented her proposed $638.4 million budget for 2022-23.
The What is your look around southwest Connecticut—from Greenwich to Fairfield—for the week of March 7.
The Fairfield Board of Finance will now review the proposed $342.7 million budget for the town now that it's been approved by the Board of Selectmen.
What is the future of the South Norwalk Train Station and the area around it? A new study from the Redevelopment Agency explores possible options.
Darien First Selectwoman Monica McNally and Superintendent Alan Addley, along with Board of Education Chair David Dineen, presented their proposed budgets for the town to the Board of Finance on March 1.
Westport First Selectwoman Jen Tooker and Superintendent Thomas Scarice gave the Board of Finance and members of the public their first look at the town’s proposed budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year.
Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons' administration gave an overview of their legislative priorities to the Board of Representatives on March 2.
A look around Coastal Connecticut for the week of February 28.
The Board of Education approved spending $940,000 to make repairs at Central Middle School this summer, and an additional $150,000 for educational specifications and environmental testing, which will be needed when the district begins its work on building a new Central Middle School.
Fairfield's First Selectwoman presents proposed $342.7 million budget that she calls "responsive" and "responsible."
The Norwalk Common Council voted to cap this year’s budget at $414 million, with $391.8 million coming from local tax revenues and more than $22.3 million comes from grants and other revenues.
Stamford Board of Education sent a proposed budget of $308 million to the Board of Finance.
Stamford city officials are investigating what caused a patio deck to collapse at the Allure apartment building, while Board of Representatives members said that they would like the city's building approval processes to be examined.
The What is your look at what's happening around southwest Connecticut for the week beginning Feb. 22.
After a patio collapse at the Allure apartment building earlier in February, Stamford's Board of Representatives are investigating the issue.
Norwalk's Ordinance Committee of the Common Council unanimously voted for a moratorium on cannabis retail establishments in the city.
The Stamford Board of Education's Finance Committee added an additional $1.1 million to its overall budget, which is headed to the full board.
The Norwalk Common Council will be voting to increase its budget cap slightly to give more funding to the school district.
The What: This Week in Southwest Connecticut gives residents a chance to learn about what's happening in their communities during the week of Feb. 14.
The Stamford Board of Representatives voted 21-16-2 to approve a resolution urging the Zoning Board and Land Use Bureau to forward on a petition signed by more than 1,000 residents opposing zoning text changes. The resolution [http://www.boardofreps.org/Data/Sites/43/userfiles/committees/landuse/items/2022/lu31004_
The Westport Board of Finance voted unanimously to use $150,000 of American Rescue Plan Act [https://www.coastalconnecticuttimes.com/exploring-westports-arpa-funds/] funds to help jumpstart a potential affordable housing development at 900 Post Road East. The funds will go toward “predevelopment work,” such as drainage and environmental studies and surveys
Proposals to cut funding for department chairs, an athletic director, and the district’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives from the final Board of Education budget were rejected this week. The Board unanimously voted to approve a $110 million budget, a 3.74% increase over last year. None of the
Some time in the next few weeks, East Avenue will be fully shut down on either side of the train bridge to install a special temporary earth retaining system, including large steel beams, that will be used to keep the bridge in place while utility work is done. This work
Mayor Harry Rilling and chief financial officer Henry Dachowitz presented their proposed $412.5 million operating budget to the Board of Estimate and Taxation and the Common Council this week. The proposed budget calls for a 3.75% increase on the school’s side, bringing their budget to $216.3
A look at what's happening around southwest Connecticut for the week of February 7.
Two projects on the town’s plan for American Rescue Plan Act funds [https://www.coastalconnecticuttimes.com/exploring-westports-arpa-funds/] —$200,000 for grants to nonprofit arts organizations in town and $1.3 million to replace the Burying Hill Beach groin (or jetty)—were officially approved by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM)
The Darien Board of Education voted to reject participating in the Open Choice program, citing concerns about the pandemic’s impacts, financial questions, class sizes, and more. Superintendent Alan Addley voiced support for the program, but the board voted it down 5-4. Many members of public who spoke about the
A new “South Stamford” school for kindergarten through 8th grade students is part of a new proposed master facilities’ plan for the city’s schools over the next 10 years. All of the city’s schools “will be touched” in this plan, which ranges from maintenance work at some schools
What are the options for reconstructing the existing—or building a new—West Main Street Bridge Project and what are the impacts of each plan? Finding out that information is the goal of a new proposed resolution of the Board of Representatives [http://www.boardofreps.org/Data/Sites/43/userfiles/
A new proposed Racial Justice and Equity plan [https://www.fairfieldct.org/filestorage/79/125/89629/114767/115730/01-31-22_Backup_for_BOS_Meeting.pdf] will serve as a “blueprint” for ongoing conversations and work. First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick said that she wants to “dissect” the proposed blueprint—including getting department
A look at what's happening across southwest Connecticut for the week of January 31.
January 24th Happy Monday! (To all you fellow NFL fans out there, hope you enjoyed this crazy, amazing weekend of football.) On Friday, we officially launched [https://www.coastalconnecticuttimes.com/] our website! Our first series of stories [https://www.coastalconnecticuttimes.com/tag/arpa/] covers how American Rescue Plan Act federal
Infrastructure almost always goes unnoticed— until there’s an issue with it. We often don’t think about the roads we travel to work each day, until we hit a large pothole and mess up a tire, or see a road closed and have to detour. We don’t think
1. More than $150 million from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), passed in March 2021, has been allocated among Greenwich [https://www.coastalconnecticuttimes.com/exploring-greenwichs-arpa-funds/], Stamford [https://www.coastalconnecticuttimes.com/exploring-stamford-arpa/], Darien [https://www.coastalconnecticuttimes.com/darien-idea-generating-arpas-funds/] , Norwalk [https://www.coastalconnecticuttimes.com/norwalk-arpa-funds-for-the-city-residents-busin
Westport’s approach to its $8.4 million [https://www.westportct.gov/government/selectwoman-s-office/arpa] in municipal ARPA funds has been “conservative,” according to First Selectwoman Jen Tooker, who is building on the plan left by her predecessor former First Selectman Jim Marpe. “From the beginning, the town has treated
Darien is slated to receive $6.4 million in ARPA funding for the municipality. Former First Selectwoman Jayme Stevenson convened an ARPA Funds Steering Advisory Committee [http://darienct.gov/filestorage/28565/29473/81129/81133/81332/ARPA_Minutes_12-14-21_draft.pdf] that is in charge of reviewing “Town funding needs and
Norwalk has divided its plans for its more than $39 million in ARPA funds into three main categories: offsetting tax increases, investing in infrastructure and capital projects, and providing funding for community services, businesses, and nonprofits. Mayor Harry Rilling told the Common Council at its Oct. 12 meeting [https://www.
More than $49 million in ARPA funds are allocated for Stamford, the largest city in the region. The city’s former mayor David Martin put forward initial proposals for more than $30 million of the ARPA funds and many projects have been approved by the city’s Board of Representatives,
The Greenwich Working Group: American Rescue Plan [ https://www.greenwichct.gov/1946/American-Rescue-Plan] is tasked with putting the projects and plans in place to spend the town's more than $31 million in federal ARPA funds. More than 80 potential projects were initially identified, according to Town Administrator Ben Branyan. After
First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick emphasized that one of her goals in putting together the city’s plan [https://www.fairfieldct.org/filestorage/10726/15800/17963/19428/ARPA_BACKUP_FINAL.pdf] was to distribute funds broadly—give a little bit to as many areas of the city as possible. “My administration
Tuesday, January 18 Happy Tuesday! With the federal holiday yesterday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we thought it would be best to send the newsletter today. First some big news: we’re officially launching the Coastal Connecticut Times website [https://www.coastalconnecticuttimes.com/]with our first story this Friday,
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